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Doctors in San Antonio are seeing more patients with heat-related illnesses in the emergency room

SAN ANTONIO – The number of heat-related calls has more than doubled at some medical facilities in the San Antonio area.

Dr. John Tully of Baptist Health System said it’s troubling that they’ve seen at least one heat-related visit a day in the emergency room since June.

“This month we’re seeing two, three more than in the past, so it’s higher. We surpassed what we saw last July by the middle of this July, so almost double that,” Tully said, referring to patients with heat-related illnesses.

Tully said it’s important for people to listen to their bodies and know when to take a break or, more urgently, head to the hospital.

“If you’re thirsty, tired, have mild muscle cramps, you need to rest in a cool place, drink plenty of fluids,” Tully said. “If it doesn’t go away within 20 to 30 minutes of being in a cool place and you have severe symptoms, lightheadedness, dizziness, shortness of breath, you definitely need to be seen by a provider soon.”

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Baptist Health System issued the following statement:

“Baptist Health System’s emergency department medical staff sees patients admitted to their emergency rooms with heat-related illnesses on a daily basis. These include heat exhaustion and heat stroke with symptoms ranging from chest pain to heat rash, dehydration, fatigue, dizziness, confusion, headache, nausea and vomiting, muscle cramps and more. Cases continue to increase each summer, with emergency responders doubling in 2022 from the summer of 2019. Baptist Health System is urging the community to take precautions anytime they spend time outdoors in the heat, and to recruit 9-1-1 any emergency.”

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